Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs: 16:3
People love hearing a secret don’t they? Many of the books on the best seller list are those that have to do with supposedly “Secret” methods on everything from weight loss to wealth beyond your wildest dreams!
As soon as I said I had a secret, everybody ears perked up, their eyes got big and their interest was piqued. Not only did I intrigue you with the secret part, but I said I had the secret to success. Automatically some one’s mind went to houses, dream job, great career, booming relationship, or a stock portfolio that’s second to none.
The truth is that these items are just the rewards of true success. These are just additions to a much bigger plan God has in store.
What if I told you that there was a “Secret” methodology for success in your spiritual life that is revealed in the pages of the bible.
What if I told you that God desires you to be successful and to have all of our heart’s desires?
What if I told you that you have everything inside of you right now that would guarantee your success?
What if I told you that this is attainable, and all you had to do was to tweak a few things and develop some new habits?
What if I told you that true success looks nothing like what you are used to?
Success is simple, do the right thing at the right time.
Secret 1: Submit to God
Truth moment: We are all submitted to something. The question is “What are you submitted to, your job, career, lifestyle, relationship, or title?
Submission is a positive Biblical word- To be submitted under the authority of the Holy God, who not only created the universe, but also created you, is essentially knowing Him on an intimate level.
Submission is the act of yielding to the power, will, or authority of another. You must be willing to learn what Jesus said and then be willing to obey His teachings,
Secret 2: OBEDIENCE
Truth Moment: Let’s be real, our first priority is to please ourselves in any given situation. Obedience to God is not always easy, but it is always the right thing to do.
“But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22 NLT)
Jesus showed us how to be obedient, “he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8 NLT)
We must surrender our wants and obey Christ.
Secret 3: FAITH
Truth Moment: We all have a measure of faith. You had faith that every time you take a seat, the chair will hold you up. The Lord is trustworthy and in order to experience the fullness of Him, you must have faith that He can do anything.
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 NLT)
What is faith? Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)
Secret 4: SURRENDER
Truth moment: We are all surrendering to something. Identify what you have surrendered to and surrender it to God
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit, lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10 NIV)
The road to success is paved with failures. Failure doesn’t mean YOU are a failure it just means you haven’t succeeded yet.
Success requires a constant life of prayer, even when you’re away doing your normal routine, you can still pray to God. It doesn’t require you to be on your knees with hands clasped.
Success requires a willingness to let go of things that are not beneficial whether it’s a relationship, desire, habit, hobby or attitude.
Success is a willingness to let God be the Lord over your time and money.
Success is a willingness to let God call you into a higher position.
Success will happen when you study God’s Word consistently.
Success will happen when you let God’s Word change you.
Success will happen when you commit.
Success isn’t spontaneous combustion, you must set your own fire. You must make a conscious effort to commit your plans to the Lord. The question now is, how bad do you want it? Are you willing to be obedient to God; have faith in his plan; surrender your ways to him and submit?
Being successful isn’t always easy, but it’s so worth it!
Marcie Wilson, MPA
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